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E. Grand schools face more state cuts

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi News
Grand County, CO Colorado

East Grand Schools is not buffered from the governor’s plan for cuts, with a statewide $219.5 million reduction in funds for K-12 education – which could be offset by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money and the recently passed federal Education Jobs Fund Program.

The Governor’s Office announced last month that it proposes a 2010-11 budget balancing plan to close a $262 million shortfall. K-12 education accounts for 45.6 percent of the state’s 2010-11 general fund appropriation.

For East Grand Schools alone, the state rescission amounts to $375,000, but school district officials can decide to use $267,000 in Education Jobs Fund Program money to backfill most of that rescission.

That leaves about $107,000, which the district will be able to backfill with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds the state is forwarding to each school district.

“We kind of knew there was a pending rescission,” said Donette Schmiedbauer, business manager at East Grand School District. For that reason, she said, district officials held off spending the federal Education Jobs Fund money it received.

East Grand Schools funding from the state has decreased from $7,200 in ’09-’10 school year, to $6,525 per student at present.

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Schmiedbauer said she thinks it doubtful the state will be able to make its school funding whole again by the next budget season.

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